Getting Started

Is the vinyl floor in your kitchen looking a little worn and outdated? Maybe you’ve been thinking of replacing the carpet in the family room with a hardwood or laminate flooring solution. Purchasing a new floor is a big decision that requires careful planning.

So, where do you start? First, you must decide on the proper flooring type for your specific project. There are many floor coverings solutions, including carpet, hardwood, laminate, luxury vinyl, and ceramic tile. If you aren’t sure what flooring type you want, visit our flooring product and inspiration pages or stop by one of our conveniently located showrooms and discover the world of today’s flooring options.

Below, we’ve arranged for some high-level shopping tips to guide to the perfect floor for your home.

What Type Of Floor Are You Installing?

Once you’ve decided on a floor type, the next step is to think about the room where your new floor will be installed. This is an important part of the process because you want to make sure the floor fits your lifestyle and your budget.

Top things to consider:

  • Which room?
  • Amount of traffic?
  • Pets?
  • Which level of your home?
  • Is the room moisture-prone?

What’s Your Specific Floor Style?

Find a floor that matches your specific life style and your overall room decor.

You don’t want to install a new floor and then realize you’re going to spend more money redecorating – unless of course you’ve already budgeted for it.

Style Types include:

  • Traditional
  • Southwestern
  • Modern
  • Vintage
  • Rustic
  • English Country
  • Shabby Chic
  • Art Deco
  • Asian
  • Coastal
  • Eclectic
  • French
  • Mediterranean
  • Mid-century Modern

Budget

When you’re renovating the flooring in your home, it’s exciting to think of all of the available possibilities. However, most homeowners are on a budget, forcing them to compromise on their dream flooring. At Flooring 101, we understand how important it is to save on home improvement while retaining quality.

To that extent, our experts will assist you with any of your flooring needs. We want to take the sting out of the renovation process, and we’ll start by bringing the samples straight to you in the comfort of your home! Professional flooring installers will come to your home to assess your space and subfloor (the floor your new floor will go over) and then provide a written estimate. Call today to schedule a professional in-home consultation.

Do Your Flooring Research

Most homeowners begin their floor shopping online to check out designs, colors, costs, and installation methods.

Some like to read product and floor choice reviews!

Try these links for added product inspiration:

Try these links for added product knowledge:

Time To Begin Shopping

Chances are, you’ll shop for your new floor in one of three places: a flooring store, a home center, or online.

If you are going to a bricks-and-mortar store, make a list of the things you’ll need to take with you.

  • Measurements
  • Photos of your room or a rough sketch
  • Décor elements: paint charts, fabric swatches, and pillows
  • Floor samples

Arriving At Flooring 101

When you arrive at your convenient Flooring 101 showroom, ask our highly trained and professional sale representative all of your questions!

  • Will this floor work in my [which room]?
  • Can I install this floor myself?
  • Is this floor easy to clean?
  • I have a concrete subfloor. What floor can I put over it?
  • Do I need to replace my subfloor?

When you’re satisfied with your choice, it’s time to buy!

Installation Process

Now that you’ve selected your floor, it’s time to install it – or hire a professional.

If you’re a DIYer, check out videos, chatrooms, forums, and other online sources to get tips for installing your floor.

If you decide to install the floor yourself, please make sure to follow the directions that come in the flooring boxes. Don’t cut any corners!

If you don’t plan to install your floor yourself, our team of professional installers will install it for you.

Prepare Your Room Before Installation

Follow these tips to protect your furniture and your home during the renovation.

  • Remove all furniture and store everything in a safe area.
  • Seal off other rooms to keep potential odors and dust from seeping into the rest of your home.
  • Identify the work zone for your family, so they can stay out of the way.
  • Caution everyone to wear shoes to avoid stray splinters, nails, tools, etc.